Govt under fire over new police DIG:  Implicated in Chasowa murder

Government is under fire following the appointment of Commissioner Rodney Jose as Deputy Inspector General of Police over reports that he was implicated on the death of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa.

New police chief Kanyama (left) to be deputised by Jose

New police chief Kanyama (left) to be deputised by Jose

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday appointed Paul Kanyama as new police chief to replace Loti Dzonzi who has resigned and also announced the appointment of Rodney Jose to replace Kanyama. Jose was police commissioner at Mtakataka.

Jose is one of the police officers implicated in the murder of he fourth-year mechanical engineering student who was found dead on campus on September 24 2011

He  is on record to have accepted that he engaged Chasowa and three others to thwart the demonstrations against government by civil society organisations, but that the relationship went sour when the money was not paid out. Chasowa is reported to have threatened to reveal government secrets in retaliation.

Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Director Timothy Mtambo said the appointment is an issue of serious concern and worrisome.

“Much as the law says a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law, these are issues of ethics and principles.

“What message is government trying to communicate? Will there be a day when the truth on the issue will come out since the person who was implicated has been elevated? This person has got no moral mandate to stand as deputy IG,” said Ntambo in an interview with Nyasa Times.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  spokesperson Dr Jesse Kabwira said the appointment shows that government is not committed to the security of the country.

“This is sending a wrong signal to the country. How is the family of the late Chasowa feeling with the development? In other words, this means government is not committed to see into it that those involved are brought to book,” she said.

Chasowa was found dead on September 24 at the Polytechnic campus and police earlier attributed his death to suicide. However, a postmortem by College of Medicine histopathologist Charles Dzamalala determined the death resulted from assault to the head with a blunt instrument or instruments.

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maxwell nsani
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People, To start with the guy next to new IG kanyama is Mr Kachama, who is DIG administration and continues in that position. kanyama was DIG Operations and now that he has been appointed IG, Rodney Jose has taken his place as DIG operations. Noone trivialises the death of Chasowa but it appears to me that Jose has been convicted without trial based on a report which did not even mention mention him as a killer. What he admitted to was recruiting Chasowa as an agent in a police operation. Chasowa was an a mature adult, over 18 who was… Read more »
wamasomphenya
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Ambuye timenyereni nkhondo. Mudatimenyera tidakuwonani. Munagwetsa malinga a Jericho Ndipo munalumbila kuti yense womangaso linga la yeriko adzalipila ndi imfa yamwana wake. Mutagwetsa yeriko pamalawi alomwe adaganiza zokutsutsana pochita mwachinyengo ndikukwezaso malinga a yeriko chitani nawo monga munalonjezera kuti yense oyimikaso malinga a yeriko alipile ndi imfa yamwana wake. Aweruzeni alomwewa baba

wamasomphenya
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Eeeeeee a mukhitho awa asankha Jose. Palibeso wina wachita izi mwikhitho. Shame on this so called president koma ndiye wayaluka pitala kusankha wakupha kumpatsa udindo ife tizimulipila kumthokoza potiphera chasowa koma nangati a Malawi tikhale chete apa dziko tililakwila uyu Jose sayenera kukwezedwa ndimunthu owopsya kumtundu wa Malawi. Koma pulezidenti wanuyo angogona kwasiya anthu azingoyikana mmaudindo. Check list ya teaching service commission aaa zamkhutu

Malindima
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Where there is a need for absolute security in a country, there will be Police brutality applied. MCP Government applied this brutality and there was absolute security especially under Inspector General Kamwana. Kamuzu fired most of the IGs that came there after for failing to apply that brutality. In the absence of such brutality during UDF government, we saw a huge security lapse. People cried for lack of Security. Under Mukhito, it was all high security. Under the Reverend cum police chief Loti Dzonzi, it was all Xmas for the criminals. Now we need the security we have been crying… Read more »
bonya phiri
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stll innoncent until proven guilty by court of law nt by atumbuka amathanyula

VYOTO
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IT IS NOT SURPRISING AT ALL THAT PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA IS SHOWING SINGS OF GROSS INSENSITIVITY TO ISSUES LIKE THE APPOINTMENT OF A DIG(POLICE) WITH A SERIOUS CASE BORDERING ON THE VERY SAME SECURITY THAT HE IS EXPECTED TO OFFER TO MALAWIANS LARGELY DUE TO OLD AGE (75 YRS OF OLD MIND YOU). LET THE 14 MILLION OF US ALL PRAY HARD FOR ANOTHER GOD’S INTERVENTION BEFORE ANOTHER MALAWIAN GETS BUTCHERED IN THE SAME MANNER AS LATE ROBERT CHASOWA (MAY CHASOWA’S SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE) WAS BUTCHERED UNDER THIS JOSE’S TEAM.TO PETER MUTHALIKA ANYTHING I MEAN “ANYTHING” THAT HIS… Read more »
Pepricase
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Remember this is the government whose leaders are the decendants of Adam and Eva. They can not bring peace, stability and joy to the people. We should always expect crying and mourning everyday. It is only jehova’s kingdom that will restore the paradise the first couple had lost. All these gvt are there to get the money. And if they see anyone blocking their way they kill instead of protecting. Gosh

nkhotakota
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Pachichewa pali mwambi oti CHOSONGOKA CHILICHONSE CHILI NDI POLOWA zikuonesa kuti pachiyambi pakuyambisa zinthuzo ankadziwa manthero ake

kanthu
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anthu inu tisiyeni tikuphana tokha tokha vuto anu ndichiani?

kathole
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Apa ndiye bodza likuchitikali kodi ena palibe angaikidwe pampando umenewu?

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